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Just how public should a public meeting be?

Um, I just want to say that I appreciated all of the comments on the Culinary Arts program, which I think the history at the community college has been very strong for Culinary Arts. I also want to note that we had a bunch of written communications that Vanessa forwarded to us, and I read all of them. Um, I’m wondering in the future if we could – when we get this many – especially this many, but certainly when we get one or two – um – written communications – if we could at least – uh – put their names in the record. Just as the people that asked to be read at the meeting had their names in the record. I’d like to – at this moment -actually – I’ve printed out a few of the ones that came to us for my files, going down the road as I look more at the Culinary Arts program – um, I’m just going to read some names of people who communicated to us so that they know that their comments have been received by the Board. Um, if I leave any out, um, I’m sorry.

Dave DeVarti, July 28, 2020 (1:29:07)

This seems like a good opportunity to remind the Board of Trustees – at least the ones who were elected by the public– that when they assemble, they do so to conduct the people’s business. And the people’s business is conducted in public.

Unless the writer requests anonymity, the Board should place communications from the public in the Board packet each and every month. Other community colleges manage to it. Likewise, the public should have full access to the exact same materials that the Board receives every month, except those materials that legally require confidentiality.

Conduct the public’s business in public.

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